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Manchester United Captain Harry Maguire Breaks Silence On Bomb Threat Horror

Rory O'Callaghan

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Manchester United Captain Harry Maguire Breaks Silence On Bomb Threat Horror

Harry Maguire has opened up on the horror of being at the centre of a bomb threat against him and his family.

While police later declared it as safe following an extensive search, Maguire was left "extremely shaken" by the incident.

Maguire has endured a difficult season with Manchester United (Image: PA)
Maguire has endured a difficult season with Manchester United (Image: PA)

The United defender says he is willing to accept criticism from supporters but says a "line" was crossed that day.

"Obviously I'm in a position where I’m going to be criticised, Manchester United paid a large sum of money for me, it is one of the most loved clubs in the world and also one of the most hated in the world as well," said Maguire, who joined the Red Devils in a £80m move from Leicester in 2019.

"We know we are under the most scrutiny. I totally accept criticism when we concede goals or make mistakes, I'm big enough to accept people getting on my back and saying I can improve.

"There is a line where we are human beings, I do have a family. People ask if it affects me. My mentality is that it doesn't affect me too much but when it comes to bomb threats, it is more about family.

Maguire was left 'extremely shaken' by a bomb threat to his home (Image: PA)
Maguire was left 'extremely shaken' by a bomb threat to his home (Image: PA)

"My fiancée Fern, I'm just happy my kids are at an age where they don't read things and see things on the news. If my kids were an older age, they could see things and go to school and people are speaking about it, that is when it affects you a little bit more."

Maguire is currently away on England duty as Gareth Southgate's squad prepare for their upcoming Nations League games against Hungary and Germany.

He could make his first appearance for the Three Lions since being booed by a section of England supporters in March's friendly against the Ivory Coast.

Southgate described those fans as an "absolute joke" after the match and Maguire says he was surprised by their reaction, particularly given his consistent performances for England over a number of years.

Maguire was booed by some England fans in March (Image: PA)
Maguire was booed by some England fans in March (Image: PA)

"From my England debut, the England fans have been amazing with me, I have had some amazing times. I've been involved in some of the biggest games. I have been involved in the biggest games of our country's recent history," added Maguire.

"The journey I have been on since my debut five years ago to now I have had amazing times with the fans, and I am not going to let the minority, I don’t know how many it was, 10-20 people doing that in the Ivory Coast game to affect my relationship with the England fans, no.

"I think I was more surprised rather than taking it all in, I was a bit shocked to be honest. Like I said, I've had such a good relationship with the England fans throughout my journey with the England team.

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"I wouldn't say I was hurt and upset. Obviously I know my family and my friends might have been affected by it but I was more surprised really.

"There was a lot of young lads in the team that day, a lot of young people in the stands, lots of kids watching who inspire to grow up and be an England footballer so for them to hear that for somebody who's been involved in a such a big part of the journey over the last five years, it's sad to see.

"But I'm sure there will be many good times ahead when the England fans will show again their support and love because I've been an England fan in my time, I've been to the Euros and followed them in France and I know how passionate and how supportive they are of their country."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, England, Harry Maguire, Football, Premier League

Rory O'Callaghan
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